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Getting Your First

Learner Permit in Ireland

A Comprehensive Guide

If you're planning to learn to drive in Ireland, getting your learner permit is the first crucial step. This comprehensive guide will walk you through the process, explain costs, and introduce you to the Essential Driver Training (EDT) programme. Let's get started!

Eligibility for a Learner Permit

Ready to hit the road? If you're 17 years or older and have passed the Driver Theory Test, you're eligible to apply for a learner permit in Ireland. Remember, mastering safe driving skills is a journey, and it all starts here.

Applying for Your Learner Permit

Application for a learner permit involves several important steps:

  1. Complete the application form D201.
  2. Provide a recent passport-sized photograph.
  3. Provide proof of your PPS Number and proof of address dated within the last 6 months.
  4. If required, submit a completed NDLS medical report form.
  5. Pass an eyesight test conducted by an optician or doctor who will fill out the eyesight report form (D502).

Learner Permit Fees

The cost of a new learner permit application is €35. This fee also applies to renewal applications, addition or removal of a category on the permit, and replacement or duplicate licences.

Learner Permit Validity

Once you receive your learner permit, it is valid for two years. This gives you ample time to practice your driving skills and prepare for your driving test.

Already got your learner permit?

Your learner permit is your ticket to start the EDT program. The EDT is a mandatory training programme delivered by an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI). Let's get you on the road—safely, confidently, and with all the skills you need to be a competent driver. Contact us today to book your first lesson!


RSA School of Motoring

Our Locations

  1. 81 Cookstown Rd, Cookstown Industrial Estate, Dublin, Ireland
  2. Digital Office Centre, Balheary Road, Swords, Co. Dublin K67E5A0

Phone: (01) 902 3100